ADAO conference declaration gives activists a united voice

14 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

IMG 0023 100x100 ADAO conference declaration gives activists a united voice The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) 13th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference touched on a variety of topics and included an array of speakers from the United States and abroad. Perhaps nothing more concisely stated the goals and purpose of the conference than the declaration attendees unanimously approved.

As attendees of the 13th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference, we call for global attention to the extraordinary toll of asbestos-related disease on families and communities. We urge government officials, faith leaders, scientists, health practitioners, trade unionists, business groups, employers, workers and the public to join in our call for the following: Read the rest of this entry »


ADAO conference addresses asbestos use in U.S.

13 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

IMG 0025 100x100 ADAO conference addresses asbestos use in U.S.Comedian Quincy Jones’s presentation at the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) 13th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference was titled “Asbestos is Still Legal? You Must Be Joking…” It’s a theme that connected many of the stories mesothelioma warriors shared at the conference: Those diagnosed with mesothelioma did not realize asbestos was even still legal in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »


Low-dose CT used to detect asbestos-related cancers

12 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

StevenMarkowitz 100x100 Low dose CT used to detect asbestos related cancersWhile mesothelioma most often affects the lining surround the lungs, it is not technically considered a lung cancer, as it could also affect the lining of the heart or the abdomen. Mesothelioma, which is caused by the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos, is relatively rare. In fact, those exposed to asbestos are at a far greater risk of lung cancer than mesothelioma. Lung cancers are treatable with early detection, whereas mesothelioma has a long latency period that makes early detection incredibly difficult.  However, advancements in the early detection of lung cancers may  help detect mesothelioma as well. Read the rest of this entry »


ADAO conference addresses anti-asbestos challenges

11 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

IMG 0020 e1491941993263 100x100 ADAO conference addresses anti asbestos challengesResearchers, activists and survivors from around the country and across the globe joined the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) for its 13th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference in Arlington, Virginia. Read the rest of this entry »


Elevated platelet count linked to negative peritoneal mesothelioma patient outcomes

7 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

587px Researcher looks through microscope 1 100x100 Elevated platelet count linked to negative peritoneal mesothelioma patient outcomesThrombocytosis, a disorder that causes the body to produce too many blood platelets, has a negative impact on the success of a preferred treatment protocol for a number of mesothelioma patients, according to a new study by the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Read the rest of this entry »


Insurance company contests Goodyear Tire asbestos-related defense costs

6 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Goodyear Blimp   Spirit of Innovation 100x100 Insurance company contests Goodyear Tire asbestos related defense costsGoodyear Tire and Rubber Co. faces approximately 62,000 claims involving asbestos-related injuries in New York, Maryland, , Florida and Pennsylvania. The claims allege exposure to asbestos through the tire company’s products, including floor tiles, gaskets and furnace hoses, according to Law360. Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Co. filed a petition in federal court Wednesday to declare it has no duty to pay defense costs, though Goodyear says otherwise due to an insurance policy. Read the rest of this entry »


University of Toronto fires contractor, feels pressure for asbestos audit

5 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

554px MedicalSciencesBuildingUniversityOfTorontoCanada 100x100 University of Toronto fires contractor, feels pressure for asbestos audit In the midst of University of Toronto faculty and staff demanding an asbestos audit, the university has fired its longtime contractor in charge of renovations in the Medical Sciences Building, where MyMeso previously reported asbestos-tainted dust was found in five laboratories. Read the rest of this entry »


EPA remediation deadline passes for Libby residents

4 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Libby Montana Eagles 1 100x100 EPA remediation deadline passes for Libby residentsThe deadline for Libby, Montana, residents to request asbestos cleanup on their properties has come and gone. March 31 was the end of the Environmental Protection Agency’s “last call” for residents in Libby and surrounding Lincoln County to put their properties’ asbestos remediation on the EPA’s tab, according to the Flathead Beacon.

Libby was home to an asbestos-contaminated vermiculite mine from 1963 to 1990, and the EPA has been conducting asbestos cleanup in the surrounding area since it was declared a Superfund site in the early 2000s. The EPA has been wrapping up its final push to get residents to sign access agreements so the agency can investigate and/or remediate remaining properties. Read the rest of this entry »


Senate marks this week as National Asbestos Awareness Week

3 Apr 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

GHS pictogram silhouette 100x100 Senate marks this week as National Asbestos Awareness WeekThe U.S. Senate has declared April 1-7, 2017, as National Asbestos Awareness Week in its 13th annual resolution, according to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). The resolution received bipartisan support and seeks to “raise public awareness about the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases and the dangers of asbestos exposure,” Senate Resolution 98 states. Read the rest of this entry »


Jury awards $8.8 million in Bell Helicopter asbestos exposure case

31 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Legal

445px Altan 100x100 Jury awards $8.8 million in Bell Helicopter asbestos exposure caseA jury in Dallas award $8.8 million to the family of a Bell Helicopter employee who died from mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that can affect the lining of the heart, lungs or abdomen and is caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was once used in many manufacturing and construction products for its heat resistance and flexibility before it was found to be a human carcinogen. Read the rest of this entry »